Radeon RX 580 8GB
All is not lost when you can’t compete for the fastest graphics card. The sweet spot for gaming performance and value tends to be around £200, and AMD is far more competitive here. In fact, the RX 580 8GB usually beats Nvidia’s competing GTX 1060 6GB, for less money and with 2GB more VRAM.
How much do you give up when moving from an RTX 2070 to the RX 580 8GB? The RTX 2070 is nearly twice as fast, on existing games, for more than double the price. More importantly, however, across our test suite the RX 580 averages more than 60fps in about half of the games at ultra quality and dropping a few settings a notch or two should get nearly every game above that threshold.
AMD has a rumoured update coming, either RX 680 or RX 590, using a third revision of its Polaris architecture. That could mean improved clock speeds and lower power use for a similar price, but we would prefer a truly new architecture. Nvidia has revamped half of its current offerings, and updates to the GTX 1060 and below can’t be too far off in the future.